Our Board of Trustees 

Vij Randeniya OBE (Chairman)

Vij began his career at London Fire Brigade and then moved to Nottinghamshire before joining the West Midlands where he was made Chief Fire Officer in 2009. During his career he has made a positive impact both locally and nationally including persuading Whitehall to give the West Midlands a fairer budget. He has now retired from West Midlands Fire Service which he made a safer and more prosperous organisation. He holds a number of non-executive, advisory and visiting lecturer roles including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Royal Society for Public Health, Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, the National Employer Board of the Ministry of Defence and the Governing Council at Aston University. For relaxation he occasionally works in the kitchen of a Michelin starred restaurant. Vij was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees in June 2014 and took over from his predecessor at the Annual General Meeting in September 2014.

Mike Russell, JP, FCA (Vice Chairman and Honorary Treasurer)

Mike is a retired senior partner of an international firm of accountants and business advisors. Having spent his career advising business across the spectrum of industry, since his retirement he has committed time to assisting charitable organisations. Mike was a key member of the Hospice’s Premises Sub-Committee during two major refurbishment projects in 2009 and 2011. He was appointed to the role of Honorary Treasurer and a Trustee of the Board in 2004. In 2014 Mike was appointed Vice Chairman. He is also Chair of the Finance Committee and the St Mary’s Hospice Charitable Trust Fund.

Jonathan Crawford MRICS

Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and has worked in the Midlands commercial and residential real estate markets for over 20 years with a particular focus on investment, development and asset management. Prior to his election to the Board of Trustees he provided pro bono advice in respect of two of the Hospice’s properties. Jonathan became a Director of St Mary’s Hospice (Trading) Limited in January 2010 and joined the Trustees on the St Mary’s Hospice Charitable Trust Fund in January 2011. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2011.

Colin Graham BSC, MSc, AIOSH

Colin is the Associate Director of Clinical Governance at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and brings a wide range of experience of risk management, governance, infection control, health and safety and emergency planning. Colin was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and is a Board representative and currently Chair of the Hospice Compliance Committee (Environment & Risk) and Clinical Governance Committee. He has provided training and support on incident reporting, health and safety, risk assessment and managed major emergency drills for the Hospice.

Stan Leyland, AIB

Stan’s career was in banking, having held numerous managerial appointments including regional management responsibilities before he retired. He has considerable experience in the field of financial management and has been a Director of St Mary’s Hospice (Trading) Limited since 2004 (he is now the Chair) and a Trustee of the St Mary’s Charitable Trust Fund since October 2009. Stan was a key member of the Hospice’s Premises Committee during two major refurbishment projects in 2009 and 2011. He also acts as an ambassador for the Hospice at cheque presentations and fundraising events. Stan was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2009.

Gurinder Mandla LLB (Hons) Solicitor

Gurinder is a Solicitor and joined the Board of Trustees in October 2011, having been an Association Member since 2001. He has the support of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, one of Birmingham’s largest Sikh Gurudwaras, in his role as a Trustee of the Hospice. Gurinder is able to bring a legal and analytical perspective to Board business.

Denise McLellan LLB (Hons)

Denise has a longstanding interest in palliative and supportive care, initially deriving from her role as cancer network manager 15 years ago. With 25 years of NHS management experience, latterly at Primary Care Trust Chief Executive Officer Level, in both providing and commissioning organisations mainly in the Birmingham area, Denise can support the health care system to make best use of the skills and experience of palliative and supportive care provided by this Hospice. She is a graduate of Birmingham University and longstanding Birmingham resident and currently works part time as an independent management consultant to the NHS. Denise was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2014.

Dr Sarah Mitchell MB ChB MRCGP MSc Pall Med

Sarah is a local GP with an interest in palliative care and health services design, particularly in the community. She is currently a National Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, studying healthcare service design and delivery for children and young people who live with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Sarah also has a role for NHS England and is currently co-chair of the West Midlands Paediatric Palliative Care Network. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2014.

Gabrielle Stanley, BDS, MSc

Gabrielle was previously an Associate Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham University School of Dentistry. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995. Gabrielle is a Member of Accreditation Awards Panel (CHKS) and a surveyor, preparing hospices and hospitals for CQC visits. She is also a ‘Trustee Inspector’ assessing the quality of care and standards within the Hospice and bringing an understanding of patient care to discussions at Board level.

Andy Williams BSc, FCA

Andy is a chartered accountant and an Audit Partner at Ernst and Young LLP. He has over 14 years’ experience working in the UK, Canada and Australia. His client portfolio ranges from small privately owned businesses through to global FTE 350 companies and he has a blend of organisational, analytical, technical and commercial skills. This includes a thorough understanding of financial reporting encompassing the associated systems and control environment. Andy was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2016.

Sharon Benton BA (Hons), CIM

Sharon's career in marketing and communications has spanned the commercial, public and third sectors. This included 10 years in the privatised utility sector responsible for both consumer and business to business marketing. She has worked as a consultant with SMEs and the Environment Agency and headed up the marketing and communications team at St Peter's Hospice in Bristol. Most recently she has taken roles in education and is now executive director of marketing and recruitment with responsibility for strategy and planning at Birmingham Metropolitan College. The College has over 25,000 students with 4 colleges based in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Simon Jarvis MBA, BA (Hons), MCIM

Simon brings in-depth experience and a sustained record of success in the Healthcare and Commercial marketplace. Simon has an extensive background working in diverse organisations, managing communication, marketing and key front-line services across all levels. Simon is currently Head of Facilities at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Simon started his career in Hong Kong; working for the JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental hotel groups, both leaders in the hospitality industry, with a reputation for excellence and a business model that demands exceptional customer service skills. Simon is also a CIM qualified marketer with over 20 years senior level experience in the public and private sector. He has a special interest in supporting service configuration and developing collaborative opportunities to further enhance the patient experience. Simon was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017.